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Health cuts worthy of Thatcher at her worst – Ó Caoláin

16 July, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the proposals in the Bord Snip report regarding health Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“This report proposes a range of measures which would devastate the medical card provision. It would see many thousands of people deprived of medical cards, it would introduce new prescription charges, increase hospital charges, reduce the system of assistance for patients under the drugs payments scheme, increase charges for older people in nursing homes and impose a means test for homecare packages. This last measure is incredible given that the Minister for Health and Children has repeatedly presented homecare packages as a substitute for inpatient hospital care.

“Our public health system is already suffering because of the continuing cuts which began in 2007. If the further cuts in this Report are implemented the public health system will be plunged deeper into crisis with very serious consequences for patients. There is already a shortfall of hospital beds and nurses, insufficient numbers of GPs, inadequate primary care, long waiting lists, and cuts to a whole range of services such as home helps. To impose more cuts in health and social care services would be worthy of Thatcher at her worst and such cuts will be resisted.” ENDS

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